Over a plate of eggs and potatoes my table mates of the morning service club led our conversation toward a consideration of the inspiring memorial at the site of the bombing of the Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City. I knew just what they were describing since I’ve been there, but it was fresh for them after a recent visit.
After some time I simply made a statement: “Since Timothy McVeigh was an American, self-described revolutionary and Christian, that means that all Christians are terrorists.” He was a lapsed Catholic with agnostic leanings. Then I shut up and waited.
These guys are all in their seventies and have been around. They get it immediately. “Yes,” said one as he munched his bacon. “The logic clearly follows.” His friends agreed with a wink and a smile.
They didn’t even need to mention the words Muslim and terrorist in the same sentence.